Which cricket board pays the highest salary to players?

Although the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) ranks as the richest cricket board in the world, the England Cricket Board (ECB) is rated as the highest-paying cricket board to its players in 2024. You might be wondering what exactly a cricket board is all about.

Similar to other sports, cricket also has a governing board that handles the administration and finances of the sport, organizing high-profile tournaments, controlling player contracts, and raising funds through broadcasting rights and sponsorships. The International Cricket Council (ICC), governs the sport globally and operates major international tournaments such as the Champions Trophy, World Test Championship (WTC), ODI World Cup, and T20 World Cup.

Along with the ICC, each cricket-playing nation has its cricket board. You might be interested to find out the six wealthiest and highest-paying cricket boards in the world that grant the most lucrative salaries to their players.

Top 6 Richest and Highest Paying Cricket Boards

Here is the list of the top 6 richest and highest-paying cricket boards that offer the best salaries to their players:

1. Board of Authority Control for Cricket in India (BCCI)

The BCCI is ranked the richest cricket board in the world with a record-breaking net worth of $2.25 billion. One of the main reasons is the growing popularity of cricket and the Indian cricketers gaining a massive fan following globally through the Indian Premier League (IPL), which has increased the board’s revenue to a great extent. 

Here are Indian players’ salaries based on the central contract and per match:

Central Contracts:

  • A+ Grade: INR 7 Crores
  • A Grade: INR 5 Crores
  • B Grade: INR 3 Crores
  • C Grade: INR 1 Crore

Per Match Fees:

  • Test: INR 15 lakhs
  • ODI: INR 6 lakhs
  • T20I: INR 3 lakhs

2. Cricket Australia (CA):

Cricket Australia (CA) ranked as the second-richest cricket board in the world with a net worth of $79 million generates huge revenue through the second most popular franchise T20 league after IPL, namely the Big Bash League (BBL). 

Let’s evaluate the Australian players’ salaries based on the central contract and per match:

Central Contract:

  • Main Players: INR 1.6 Crores
  • Team Skipper: INR 4.2 Crores

Per Match Fees:

  • Test:  INR 11 Lakhs
  • ODI: INR 8.5 Lakhs
  • T20I: INR 5.6 Lakhs

3. England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB):

Ranked as the third-richest cricket board globally, the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) boasts a huge fan base, and fans gather in huge crowds at stadiums in all three formats (Tests, ODIs, and T20Is). The ECB has an annual net worth of $59 million and organizes some exciting domestic-level tournaments such as the Royal London One-Day Cup and T20 Blast.

Here are England players’ salaries based on the central contract and per match:

Central Contract:

  • Test: INR 6.7 Crores to INR 9.8 Crores
  • White Ball Cricket: INR 3.1 Crores

Per Match Fees:

  • Test: INR 18.5 Lakhs
  • ODI: INR 10 Lakhs
  • T20I:  INR 5.1 Lakhs

4. Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB):

The Pakistan Cricket Board ranks as the 4th richest board with a huge fan base and a net worth of $55 million. Also, the PCB is the 2nd richest Asian cricket board after BCCI and one of the main reasons behind generating huge funds is the success of the Pakistan Super League (PSL), launched in 2016.

Here are Pakistani players’ salaries according to the central contract and per match:

Central Contract:

  • A Grade: INR 46 lakhs
  • B Grade: INR 28 lakhs
  • C Grade: INR 19 lakhs

Per Match Fees:

  • Test: INR 3.6 Lakhs
  • ODI: INR 2.2 Lakhs
  • T20I: INR 1.6 Lakhs

5. Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB):

The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) has made significant achievements in recent years and ranks as the 5th richest cricket board with a net revenue of  $51 million. Especially, the Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) launched in 2012 has gained a considerable fan base, which highlights the increasing popularity of cricket in the nation.

According to the annual central contract and per-match fee, here is the estimation of Bangladeshi cricket players’ salaries:

Central Contract:

  • A+ Grade: INR 41 lakhs
  • A Grade: INR 20 lakhs
  • B Grade: INR 20 lakhs
  • C Grade: INR 10 lakhs

Per Match Fees:

  • Test: INR 2.6 Lakhs
  • ODI: INR 1.7 Lakhs
  • T20I: INR 1 Lakh

6. Cricket South Africa (CSA):

Cricket South Africa (CSA) with a net worth of $47 million. One of the main reasons why South African players earn lucrative cash is because of the well-developed domestic tournaments such as the List-A cricket and the Betway T20 Challenge. Moreover, the past two editions of the SA20 in 2023 and 2024 have become one of the most successful T20 franchise leagues in the world by generating huge revenue, and the profits are expected to increase more in the upcoming years.

Let’s scrutinize the players’ salaries based on the central contract and per-match basis:

Central Contract:

  • A+ Grade: INR 7 Crores
  • A Grade: INR 5 Crores
  • B Grade: INR 3 Crores
  • C Grade: INR 1 Crore

Per Match Fees:

  • Test:  INR 3.3 Lakhs
  • ODI: INR 87,000
  • T20I: INR 58,000

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